FARIBAULT — Mayo Clinic Health System and District One Hospital will be expanding their facilities to help further aid the Faribault and surrounding communities.

In order to inform the community and their neighbors, Mayo Clinic Health System and District One Hospital will be holding an informational meeting about the expansion to their facilities on Sept. 1.

Both the Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) and District One Hospital (DOH) will expand in the next two years.

MCHS will add approximately 15,250 square feet to the patient care space. expanding their clinic as part of a new two-story expansion.

"The clinic expansion will meet the current needs of the community and position the clinic to meet future community health care needs. It will accommodate future growth in specialty care, offer increased patient capacity and reduce the need for patients to travel outside the region for care," said Brian Bunkers, M.D., family medicine physician and CEO of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault and Owatonna in a press release.

The DOH Emergency Department will also be expanding part of its campus. The expansion will more than double the size of its current Emergency Department. The expansion will provide space for enhanced patient care, additional capacity and improved entry to the building, according to a press release issued by DOH and MCHS.

"We are eager to begin the expansion to our Emergency Department and providing improved access to emergency care for our community," said Stephen Pribyl, president, District One Hospital in a press release.

According to Pam Tidona, the marketing and communications specialist for DOH, the meeting that will be held next week is to inform those who live near the hospital. A meeting for community members will be held at a later date.

Those who attend the meeting will hear from DOH and MCHS about what they plan to do with the expansions. Attendees will also see mock-ups of the buildings.

The MCHS expansion will be finished in late 2016 and the DOH expansion will be completed in early 2017.

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